May is Military Appreciation Month
National Military Appreciation Month recognizes and shows appreciation to the Armed Forces of the United States of America.
May 1 - Loyalty Day. A day set aside for American citizens to reaffirm their loyalty to the United States and to recognize the heritage of American freedom.
May 1 - Silver Star Service Banner Day. A day set aside to honor our wounded, ill, and dying military personnel by participating in flying a Silver Star Banner.
May 6 - National Day of Prayer. National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation.
May 7 - Military Spouse Appreciation Day. A day set aside to acknowledge the contributions and sacrifices of the spouses of the Armed Forces.
2nd Saturday through 3rd Sunday in May: Armed Forces Week
May 8 - VE (Victory in Europe) Day. A day which marks the anniversary of the Allies’ victory in Europe during World War II on May 8, 1945.
May 9 - Mother’s Day
May 13 - Children of Fallen Patriots Day. A day to honor the families our fallen heroes have left behind – especially their children. It’s a reminder to the community of our obligation to support the families of fallen patriots.
May 15 - Armed Forces Day pays tribute to men and women who serve in the Armed Forces.
May 31 - Memorial Day (Decoration Day). A day set aside to commemorate all who have died in military service.
USS Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group begins exercise Northern Edge in Gulf of Alaska
PACIFIC OCEAN (April 29, 2021) Two F/A-18 Super Hornets assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), April 29, 2021. The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment conducting routine operations in U.S. 3rd Fleet. U.S. Navy photo by MC3 Erik Melgar.
Camp Pendleton: A bison's paradise
Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton was given 14 Plains Bison from the San Diego Zoo from 1973-1979. Today, the bison herd consists of approximately 90 individuals. Along with another herd on Santa Catalina Island, the herd on Camp Pendleton is one of only two wild conservation herds of bison in all of California.
San Diego County BMW Centers celebrate Armed Forces Day
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USS Bonhomme Richard decommissioned at Naval Base San Diego
The U.S. Navy held a decommissioning ceremony for amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) at Naval Base San Diego April 14... Read more....
USS Freedom (LCS 1) returns to San Diego homeport
NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO (April 12, 2021) U.S. Navy Sailors man the rails aboard Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1), April 12. Freedom returned to Naval Base San Diego following their deployment in support of Joint Interagency Task Force South’s counter illicit drug trafficking mission in the Caribbean and Eastern Pacific. U.S. Navy photo by MCSN Richard Cho.
Change of command at NMCSD/NMRTC
Capt. Bradford Smith turned over command of Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD)/Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command (NMRTC) San Diego to Capt. Devin Morrison, presided over by Naval Medical Forces Pacific Commander Rear Adm. Tim Weber April 9.... Read more....
Capt. Ted Carlson assumes command of Naval Base San Diego
Naval Base San Diego (NBSD) hosted a Change of Command with Capt. Ted Carlson relieving Capt. Mark Nieswiadomy March 24, 2021.. Read more....
Navy, Marine Corps release Unmanned Campaign Plan
The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps released their Unmanned Campaign framework. The Unmanned Campaign Plan represents the Navy and Marine Corps’ strategy for making unmanned systems a trusted and integral part of warfighting. Read more....
Navy announces release of MQ-25A home basing final Environmental Assessment
The Navy has released a final Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for home basing of the MQ-25A Stingray carrier-based Unmanned Air System (Stingray CBUAS) at Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) Point Mugu, California. Read more....
Sign up now to'Bridge' the distance between us at MWR
virtual run May 9-16
This year Navy Region Southwest Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Program will ‘bridge’ the distance between us, as they open registration for a Virtual Bridge Run event! Read more....
3RD MAW grows as an integrated all-domain naval power
Marines with 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) prepare for the commencement of phase two of Winter Fury-21, a large-scale, joint force exercise that ensures the Marines of 3rd MAW are prepared, equipped, and trained to win any high-end, future fight. Read more....
Hicks confirmed as deputy secretary of defense
The Defense Department’s glass ceiling is cracking: Kathleen H. Hicks was confirmed by the Senate as the 35th deputy secretary of defense Feb. 8.
Austin orders stand down to address challenge of extremism in the ranks
Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III has ordered a DOD-wide stand down to discuss the problem of extremism in the ranks, Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby said Feb. 3
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VA San Diego Healthcare System celebrates 49 years of academic partnerships
SAN DIEGO — VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) announced Jan. 29 as part of its 75th anniversary commemoration of academic affiliations that it has trained over 1,600 of health professionals annually in collaboration with national academic affiliations.
All is well for ship's bell
NAF EL CENTRO — What do a World War I Marine Corps general, World War II Navy ship, Brown University, and a garage sale in Soledad, California have in common? If you guessed a bell, you would be correct. Read more....
First female to command aircraft carrier
The Navy announced that Capt. Amy Bauernschmidt will assume command of USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), marking the first time a female commanding officer will lead the crew of one of the Navy’s 11 nuclear-powered aircraft carriers. Read more....
The JLTV, revolutionizing motor transportation in the Marine Corps
OKINAWA, JAPAN – The Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) is integrated into training on Okinawa, and it is already changing the way the Marines envision motor transportation.
The JLTV will cut down thousands of hours of annual maintenance and allow Marines to drive to remote locations with minimal mechanical support, said Staff Sgt. Robert O. Sempell, Shop Chief, Truck Company, Headquarters Battalion, 3rd Marine Division. Read more....
DoD announces 5G prototype testing at San Diego Navy base
The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD (R&E)) has selected Naval Base San Diego (NBSD) to be one of five Tranche 1 sites for the Department of Defense’s 5G to Next G Initiative.
The NBSD site will utilize a Naval Base Coronado warehouse operated by Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center San Diego (FLCSD) to prototype a smart warehouse use case enabled by 5G technology and to perform at-scale experimentation using the developed prototypes.
The prototyping’s objectives are to create a proving ground for testing, refining, and validating emerging 5G enabled technologies and to increase the efficiency and fidelity of NAVSUP FLCSD logistic operations.
Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific will lead the technical assessment with NBSD, NAVSUP, and NAVSUP FLCSD, supporting the implementation and execution of the experiments, performing test and evaluation, and ensuring the deployed 5G technology and smart warehouse applications meet Navy and OUSD (R&E) expectations.
The desired outcome is a 5G enabled smart warehouse that improves the efficiency, accuracy, security, and safety of materiel and supply handling, management, storage, and distribution for NAVSUP FLCSD, and a prototype transition plan for NAVSUP.
Industry partners have been selected to design and build the 5G test bed, various network enhancements, and warehouse specific applications.
Marine Corps to build innovative wargaming center
by Matt Gonzales Marine Corps Systems Command
MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. -- The Marine Corps will soon build a state-of-the-art facility to better visualize the threat environment, gain competitive advantages and simulate future operating environments.Read more....
United Through Reading®
Deploying? Service members invited to record stories for family at San Diego USO
United Through Reading® is a program helping ease the stress of separation for military families by having deploying or deployed service members read children’s books aloud via DVD for their family to watch at home. This powerful program is available to all military units. It provides service members a chance to make lasting connections from afar. The DVD recording and the book are mailed to the child and family back home.
Service members who are leaving for training can also take part in this program. Being a parent is not required; service members can send the DVD & book(s) to any special child in their life such as younger sister or brother, niece, nephew or godchild.
On the day of the recording, service members are encouraged to dress in the attire they will be wearing while deployed/training, but this is not required. The room is private, so any special message, or those fun reading voices, will only be heard by the recipient of the DVD recording. USO San Diego has books available, or service members can bring their own. Our volunteers will help set up the camera and then leave the room. The DVD can hold a 30 minute recording.
Please e-mail USO San Diego Staff Member Nichole Duarte at firstname.lastname@example.org to make your appointment. This program is offered at both USO San Diego centers.